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Network: Beathard set to retire

Published Sep. 27, 2005

Chargers general manager Bobby Beathard will retire next week after 10 years in charge of the team's personnel decisions and player acquisitions, ESPN reported.

A team spokesman said no announcement has been scheduled.

Beathard, 63, has spent 37 years as a talent evaluator in the NFL since becoming a part-time scout with the Chiefs in 1963.

Beathard helped build a championship team in Kansas City in 1966, two Super Bowl-winning teams in Miami in 1972 and 1973, and two more in Washington in 1982 and 1987. The Chargers reached the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history in 1994, Beathard's fifth year with the team.

Since losing to the San Francisco 49ers 49-26 in the 1994 Super Bowl, the Chargers have had one winning season. They were 8-8 in 1999 after having a combined 9-23 mark the previous two seasons.

Former Cowboy arrested

MOBILE, Ala. _ Former Cowboys running back Sherman Williams was arrested on charges he ran a Texas-to-Alabama marijuana racket, and prosecutors say they caught him on videotape with the drug.

Williams, who was arrested Friday, is being held in jail pending a preliminary hearing Thursday.

An FBI affidavit made public Monday quotes another suspect, Demetrius Thomas, as saying he bought about 1,000 pounds of marijuana from Williams during the past year. Thomas also was quoted as saying Williams makes several trips each week to pick up marijuana in Texas.

Police, with the assistance of an informant, videotaped Williams placing bags of marijuana in his vehicle Friday before his arrest, the FBI said.

Williams' lawyer, Robert Clark, said the government was "trophy hunting" by arresting Williams on the word of two "snitches."

If convicted, the 26-year-old Williams could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

CHIEFS: Cornerback Wasswa Serwanga, who spent last season with the 49ers, has agreed to a two-year contract.

The Chiefs also said they had agreed to a contract with Jonathan Jackson, a rookie free agent linebacker from Oregon State.

SAINTS: The team released veteran wide receiver Andre Hastings.

Hastings, who played with the Saints for three years, caught 40 passes for 564 yards last season, third-best on the team.

The free-agent signings of Joe Horn from Kansas City and four-time 1,000-yard receiver Jake Reed from Minnesota made Hastings, 28, expendable. Horn, Reed and Keith Poole are expected to be the primary targets for new quarterback Jeff Blake.

SEAHAWKS: The team signed former BYU quarterback Kevin Feterik and six other rookie free agents.

Feterik, who was knocked out of the Motor City Bowl with a broken collarbone Dec. 27, was not selected in this month's NFL draft. He passed for 3,554 yards and 25 touchdowns in 1999 in his senior season.

Also signed were defensive backs Omar Evans and Warner Herndon, fullback Anthony Green, safeties Maurice Kelly and Yapher Warren and linebacker Mac Morrison.

CFL: Former Outland Trophy winner Moe Elewonibi, who is being treated for alcoholism, apologized to teammates and coaches after being traded by the B.C. Lions to Winnipeg.

"No matter the success we had last year I was not really a part of it," Elewonibi told Vancouver radio station CKWX from a rehab center. "My drinking and the choices I made, made me kind of hold the team back. I have a lot of apologies to make to the players and coaches of the B.C. Lions, who were nothing but help and support."